Monthly Archives: June 2012

Friday Five

Hi hi – happy Friday! Hope you’re doing so well and excited for the weekend! I haven’t shared a Friday Five post in forever, and wanted to get back in the swing of things! Here’s five types of inspiration I’m soaking up lately.

I’d love to hear what’s inspiring you lately – send my way! xx

1. Food Inspiration: 

Grilled peach salad with mozzarella and arugula {via Farmhouse Table}, Ice Pops {via butterflyfood}, Grilled Asparagus and Feta {via Once Upon a Chef}, Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting {via The Novice Housewife}

2. Travel Inspiration:

Just a few places I wouldn’t mind visiting in the very near future….!

3. Music Inspiration

Been listening to a lot of fun new music lately but Of Monsters and Men has to be my favorite these days. “Little Talks” is just too good! What are you listening to lately?

4. Decorating Inspiration

Frames covering the walls, a cozy writing nook, peonies on the coffee table, hanging Mason jar lanterns, canopy beds….the perfect mix of messy and tidy, chic and eclectic. I love it all!

5. Outfit Inspiration

Can you tell I love dresses and skirts? I’m loving classic yet whimsical outfits lately, always paired with a bright lipstick!


lesson 15 – part 1

It’s that baggy pair of overalls. Poems by Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. Music by Louis Armstrong. Chocolate by Godiva. It’s listening with both ears. Asking someone to dance. Driving with the top down. Loving the reflection in the mirror. Waiting up for your parents. Giving everyone a chance. Not counting strikes or foul balls. Not keeping score. The cool side of the pillow. Waterproof mascara.

Loving every minute. Carrying a spare. Remembering to check your oil. Wearing cotton. Knowing when to let go. Holding a newborn. Laughing when you’re happy. Crying when you’re sad. Getting out of the way. Leaving notes in a lunch box. Daring to be different.

Having no regrets. Loving God regardless. Making peace with dandelions. Having friends who are computer literate. Charging less than expected. Loving a child. Complimenting your boss. Smiling at customers. Teaching someone how to spell. Making cookies from scratch.

Showing up with flowers. Reading the funny pages. Skipping class. Starting with dessert. Wearing red underwear. Burning the good candles. Never growing up. Never growing old. Country line dancing. A squeaky porch swing. Saturday morning cartoons.

Forgetting what you were mad about. Toasting the newlyweds. Speaking up for yourself. Praying for others. Playing peekaboo with a baby. Flipping the mattress. Hiring a maid. Wearing comfortable shoes. Knowing the mail carrier’s name. Letting traffic into your lane. Singing Christmas carols in July. Taking walks that go nowhere. Watching Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dance.

Thick chocolate milkshakes. Twelve-step meetings. Decaf after 8 p.m. Trips to the ocean. Merry-go-rounds. A swimsuit you can bend over in. SPF 30 sunscreen. A warm pair of gloves. Group therapy. Bubble baths by candlelight. Flannel pajamas. A pack of 64 crayons. A song in your heart.

Obeying the speed limit. Returning what you borrow. Pruning your apple trees. Leaving big tips. Paying bills on time. Not getting bees mad. Honoring your wedding vows. Performing somersaults in the front yard. Thanking a teacher. Getting on your knees to pray. Being persistent. Ordering takeout. Letting your employees leave early.

Hi queens! Today’s Thursday Thankful List is a bit different than normal. I mentioned here that I’m reading Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible by Regina Brett – I think I’ve reread Lesson #15 six times this week. Lesson #15 shares about “the secret to live” and the author’s solution was quite simple: The secret to live is no secret. It’s sprinkled all over your life. It’s celebrating what already is. Right here. Right now. All around you. 

The secret to living is staying aware – and saying thank you for everything in your day-to-day life. Lesson #15 reminded me of the little things that are actually really big things when you simply say thank you. I shared the first half today and will share the second half next Thursday!

Enjoy and appreciate the things sprinkled over your life today!

June Snapshots

Hi queens! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday. I’ve been a bit MIA on the blog but had two good friends in town so wanted to soak up our time together as much as possible! I’m a bit confused on how and why June flew by so quickly – but very thankful for another month.

Here’s a quick snapshot of what I’ve been up to in June what are you looking forward to about July? I can’t wait for July 4 {one week from today!}. It’s my absolute favorite holiday!

dose of joy {by kayleigh}

meet kayleigh! she’s a polish my crown reader who wanted to share a few lovely things that bring her a dose of joy – in no particular order, of course. enjoy!

1: Fridays @ 5:00
2: Conversations with my Mom
3: Date night with my husband
4: The smell of rain
5. A really good workout
6. Losing yourself in music
7: Coffee with vanilla creamer
8: My nieces
9: The thought of starting a family
10: A really good book that you can’t put down

what brings you joy? email me – i’d love to share!

Thursday Thankful List

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G. K. Chesterton

I just love the quote above. Saying grace – expressing gratitude and asking for continued blessings- is something so routinely done before eating a meal. If we so easily get in the habit of saying grace before eating, shouldn’t we be able to say grace before {or after} anything? This weekend, I want to be in a constant state of saying grace. I all too often view life as though it’s an emergency – that I need to be go, go, go and always in a hurry. Slowing down, slowly enjoying the moment I’m in, slowly counting each and every blessing – saying grace is what I’m striving for. Here’s a few things I’m thankful for – or saying grace for – today!

Songs on repeat
Poached eggs for dinner {yep, Wednesday}
The smell of freshly brewed coffee
The first five seconds after you jump into a pool
Finally meeting someone you’ve been looking forward to for awhile
Sleeping through the entire night
Text conversations with Santi
Getting lost in a good book
Braids in my hair
Any and every time I get to talk to my sisters
Telling someone you love them
Hearing someone say they love you
Choosing to be brave
Sushi {in the past week I’ve had it three times…}
Going to bed knowing there’s not a set time you need to wake up
Birthday celebrations
Catching up with a good friend on the phone
Wearing an outfit {preferably dress} that you are obsessed with!
Fresh peaches
Writing down how I feel at the beginning and end of the day
Swinging on monkey bars at the park
Hot bubble baths
Cold showers
Positive Thursday
Thank you notes
Laughing out loud
Naps on the beach
Big hugs
Putting on cozy pajamas at the end of a long day
Blooming peonies my desk

be you, bravely.

“My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.” I’ve shared about bravery and courage before, but it’s something that has been on my mind lately, so that’s what today’s Words for Wednesday is all about!

I’ve noticed many of my friends making brave decisions and big leaps in life and it’s really inspiring to me. These leaps have been “big decisions” like accepting a new job or getting in or out of a bad relationship or going back to school after several years. Other leaps may appear at face value “smaller”, but they aren’t any less important – choosing to have a good attitude when you simply feel miserable, choosing to dress and express yourself more creatively, choosing to go out of your way to meet new people, the list goes on and on…

I’m a firm believer that a lack of courage, creativity and bravery take you down a slippery slope to a boring life. I’ve also found out first-hand that GOING with life; facing each opportunity and challenge head-on and actively, allows you to learn the most, grow the most and enjoy life the most. That’s why I’ll always choose the terrifying, exhilarating and brave route no matter what twists and turns I experience in life.

I think you’ll be surprised just how much better you feel after you take the leap and choose to be brave. Happy Wednesday! xx

simple moments

Tuesday {and honestly, any day that’s not the weekend} is a day where I need to consciously remind myself how much I enjoy the simple things. The simple moments in life that are often overlooked. I get so caught up in things and situations that I realize aren’t important and don’t make my life happier or better. These are the times I need to shift my focus back to simplicity. From the cluttered, chaotic mindset back to a sense of peacefulness. I’ve learned that simple moments – the first bite of a sweet grapefruit, peering off a cliff at the shoreline, screaming like a child in happiness, a hot cup of tea before bed, the smell of bookshelves – bring the most joy to my life!

Embracing simple moments doesn’t mean we’ll live uncomplicated lives. I know your day is probably equally crazy as mine – simplicity is simply a shift in focus. It’s taking a “time out” from your day to remember simple moments, experiences, things and words that remind you of the goodness we’re surrounded by if we simply keep our eyes open. This Tuesday, I’m replaying my favorite simple moments in my head and keeping my eyes open for more that I may experience today. xo!

All images found here.